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Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Jun;16(6):345-50.

One-on-one lifestyle coaching for managing adolescent obesity: Findings from a pilot, randomized controlled trial in a real-world, clinical setting.

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  • 1Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health, Stollery Children's Hospital;

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Interventions for obese adolescents in real-world, clinical settings need to be evaluated because most weight management care occurs in this context.

OBJECTIVES:

To determine whether a lifestyle intervention that includes motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy (Health Initiatives Program [HIP]) leads to weight management that is superior to a similar lifestyle intervention (Youth Lifestyle Program [YLP]) that does not include these techniques; and to determine whether the HIP and YLP interventions are superior to a wait list control (WLC) group.

METHODS:

Obese adolescents were randomly assigned to a YLP (n=15), HIP (n=17) or WLC (n=14) group. The YLP and HIP were 16-session, one-on-one interventions. The primary outcome was the percentage change of body mass index z-score.

RESULTS:

Completers-only analyses revealed 3.9% (YLP) and 6.5% (HIP) decreases in the percentage change of body mass index z-score compared with a 0.8% (WLC) increase (P<0.001). Levels of attrition did not differ among groups, but were relatively high (approximately 20% to 40%).

CONCLUSION:

Lifestyle interventions delivered in a real-world, clinical setting led to short-term improvements in the obesity status of adolescents.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent, Intervention, Obesity

PMID:
22654546
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PMCID:
PMC3328223
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